FlyerTalk Poll: Are You For or Against Telephone Calls During Flights?
Are you in favor of passengers being permitted to place telephone calls during flights — or are you against it?
Could it depend on your age?
Although 79 percent of travelers greater than the age of 30 are opposed to the usage of cellular telephones during a flight — which is under consideration by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States, as I reported back in November — younger airline passengers between the ages of 18 and 30 years old apparently are in favor of mobile telephone calls while in flight by 52 percent, according to an article posted at Yahoo! Finance which referred to a recent study announced in a press release.
According to a poll which was posted on FlyerTalk, the statistics as of the time this article was posted consisted of the following:
- 85.19 percent of FlyerTalk members are opposed to the usage of cellular telephones during a flight
- 14.81 percent of FlyerTalk members are in favor of the usage of cellular telephones during a flight
FlyerTalk members between the ages of 36 and 55 years old were the vocal majority both for and against the usage of cellular telephones during a flight.
“I’m 46 and see nothing wrong with cell phone usage on board”, FlyerTalk member mikew99 posted. “I’m more bothered by the inconsistency of banning cell phone usage yet doing nothing about loud, boisterous passengers shouting to each other on the plane. It’s just as irritating yet apparently totally acceptable. If you require people to speak in a soft voice, then it won’t matter if they’re talking into a cell phone or talking to their neighbor.”
FlyerTalk member Madhouse24 — who is 40 years old — opines: “Absolutely opposed to it … to many issues with loud passengers, fights, meetings and everything in between … texting wouldn’t bother me at all.”
I have said before that I would support the used of “texting” using a mobile telephone or tablet. I might even relent and say that telephone calls can be permitted during a flight for a fee bordering on exorbitant to discourage passengers from engaging in long conversations. However, the last thing that I want during a flight is to hear a one-sided conversation about some business transaction loudly announced by some buffoon who has no respect or consideration for the peace and quiet of his or her fellow passengers — especially if I am attempting to relax after a long day; or if I did not get enough sleep the night before; or if I had experienced some horrific delays.
You may as well seat me next to a crying baby. It can be that irritating.
The volume of a conversation aboard an airplane may not always be due to the arrogance of a person. There can be a significant amount of ambient noise aboard an airplane during a flight — primarily emanating from the engines or propellors — which can cause a person to speak louder than normal. This may especially be true if the person does not hear well…
…and what about during announcements aboard an airplane during a flight? Will those passengers in the middle of their calls be forced to place their calls temporarily on hold or hang up?
A possible compromise which I had proposed is to designate a specific area of the aircraft where passengers may use cellular telephones to place calls during a flight — and possibly have the airlines charge an ancillary fee. Those passengers would not be denied the opportunity to place telephone calls; other passengers would not have to deal with any potential etiquette and rudeness issues; and the airline can actually profit in the process.
Please vote in the poll and post your thoughts here in the Comments section below.